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  • 15-Mar-2019 | Alok Chandra

    The three Cs of business

    'Importing wine has its own challenges', says the author

  • 01-Mar-2019 | Alok Chandra

    Speciality wines

    A variant of botrytised wines is the Tokaji Eszencia, made from wine grapes in Hungary

  • 15-Feb-2019 | Alok Chandra

    The New World

    I've covered sparkling and white wines; the reds of France; and reds from Italy, France and Spain. Which brings me to The New World: red wines from the rest of the world, outside Europe

  • 01-Feb-2019 | Alok Chandra

    More of the reds

    Priorat is a small hilly area about 150 km west of Barcelona that make its wines principally from Garnacha and Carignan

  • 18-Jan-2019 | Alok Chandra

    The best of red wines

    The Tenuta Sant'Antonio Amarone 2013 (Rs 6,825 in Bengaluru) is sublime and complex, with a full-bodied taste and lots of ripe fruit and spice on the palate

  • 04-Jan-2019 | Alok Chandra

    New year, new cellar

    Italian prosecco is quite trendy and a relatively inexpensive bubbly from the Glera grape

  • 21-Dec-2018 | Alok Chandra

    How old is an old wine?

    The garagiste Thunevin Bad Boy is full-bodied with loads of coffee, toast and fruit aromas, silky tannins and a juicy finish

  • 08-Dec-2018 | Alok Chandra

    A glass with Indian food

    The Mud House Pinot Noir 2016 is a medium-bodied wine with soft tannins, a good finish and nice notes of cherries, berries and spice/herbs

  • 23-Nov-2018 | Alok Chandra

    The Indian Wine Day

    This year, the second Indian Wine Day was held on Friday, 16 November

  • 09-Nov-2018 | Alok Chandra

    Clink the right glasses

    What is a 'proper' wine glass, and how does one go about choosing one?

  • 26-Oct-2018 | Alok Chandra

    What makes vintage wines

    Mind you, only a very small proportion of all wines will improve with age: most white wines should be drunk within two-three years and the reds at best within three-five years

  • 12-Oct-2018 | Alok Chandra

    Wine for thought

    Projecting a per capita wine consumption of 1 litre in 20 years would give us a market of 1.6 billion litres or 180 million cases - which meant a lot of opportunities to sell wines to Indians

  • 28-Sep-2018 | Alok Chandra

    One sip at a time

    Wine tasting is actually quite a lot of work: after the first few samples, both the nose and the palate start showing fatigue

  • 14-Sep-2018 | Alok Chandra

    Fruit of labour

    Wine grape harvesting was done by hand till advances in technology enabled machine-harvesting to increase the harvest speeds by up to 100 times

  • 31-Aug-2018 | Alok Chandra

    Wine and aphorisms

    "Life is too short to drink bad wine" (anonymous). Absolutely true, and something I like to put into practice

  • 17-Aug-2018 | Alok Chandra

    Where the spirit is freed

    To increase demand, you have to make it easier to import or produce wine, as well as make it easier to sell the stuff

  • 03-Aug-2018 | Alok Chandra

    Join the club

    Over a period of time, most wine clubs tend to become fairly exclusive

  • 21-Jul-2018 | Alok Chandra

    Wine matters and money

    Wine consumption in India should by now have jumped to at least 50 million cases

  • 06-Jul-2018 | Alok Chandra

    Wine snobs

    Imported wines cost two to three times more in India than in international markets

  • 22-Jun-2018 | Alok Chandra

    The art of ordering the right wine

    We Indians tend to look at the right-hand-side of the wine list, with the well-heeled ordering the highest-priced wines, while the more economically-minded go for the lowest-priced bottles

  • 09-Jun-2018 | Alok Chandra

    The writing on the bottle

    Here are some of the best wine magazines

  • 25-May-2018 | Alok Chandra

    For the love of Pinot

    Pinots have been planted in cool wine regions around the world, principally in the US and New Zealand's South Island

  • 11-May-2018 | Alok Chandra

    The tapas bars of Andalusia

    Tapas is a snack that may consist of bread with various combinations of cheese, olives, veggies, ham, fish and egg

  • 27-Apr-2018 | Alok Chandra

    The perfect 100-point wine dinner

    Michel Chapoutier is one of the most famous vintners in France and one of the first in the country to convert to biodynamic viticulture

  • 13-Apr-2018 | Alok Chandra

    The clique of wine drinkers

    Interestingly, while Bengaluru has nearly five groups of wine and food societies or associations that meet regurlarly, Delhi has only two and Mumbai none at all